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The Years of the Berlin Film Festival

Posted February 11, 2010 to photo album "The Years of the Berlin Film Festival"

The Berlinale turns 60 this year. What a strange journey it’s been.

Slide 1: 2010 - The Berlin Film Festival
Slide 2: 1951 - The Festival Starts
Slide 3: 1955 - Germany Steps Up
Slide 4: 1958 - The Festival Opens Up
Slide 5: 1961 - A Cultural Divide
Slide 6: 1965 - Different Programs
Slide 7: 1971 - Starting All Over Again
Slide 8: 1974 - Cold War Thaws
Slide 9: 1978 - A New Director, a New Date
Slide 10: 1979 - International Conflict
Slide 11: 1982 - Germany Divided
Slide 12: 1987 - The East Comes West
Slide 13: 1990 - A New Berlin
Slide 14: 1996 - The Festival at Full Tilt
Slide 15: 2000 - An Anniversary and new Home.
Slide 16: 2004 - A Different Type Of German Film
Slide 17: 2006 - An International Duty
Slide 16: 2004 - A Different Type Of German Film

Slide 16: 2004 - A Different Type Of German Film

Fatih Akin with his Golden Bear.

The big surprise in 2004 was not that a German film won the Golden Bear, but that the filmmaker was Turkish. Fatih Akin’s much praised Head-On, about an unruly romance in Berlin, garnered praise and political pondering. The newspaper Die Welt asked, “We’re somebody again – but the question arises, who ‘we’ actually are.” Indeed concepts of national cinema were thrown into more confusion with the push for international financing at the Berlinale Co-Production Market.  Other films also echoed this deconstruction of national identity. The Silver Bear-winning film Lost Embrace was directed by Daniel Burman, who holds both Polish and Argentine citizenship. And the Columbian actress Catalina Sandino Moreno won a Silver Bear for her performance in the American independent film Maria Full of Grace.